Zwarthout | Shou Sugi Ban produces unique wood products by treating them with fire. The special Shou Sugi Ban charring technique is inspired by age-old Japanese traditions. As we char each wooden panel in our own oven it acquires a unique carbon layer and allows the primal force of fire to remain visible in the colour and texture of the wood. All treated wood types have their own structure and applications both from an aesthetic and physical structure perspective. The black charred wood of Zwarthout | Shou Sugi Ban is used for, amongst other things, durable aesthetic façade covering, modern interiors and in the creation of special furniture.

Japanese tradition
By applying the Shou Sugi Ban (‘burnt cypress’) technique, pine is charred on one side by binding 3 boards together in a chimney shape and lighting a fire inside the base. In this way the façade sections of Japanese wooden houses obtained a fire-retardant carbon layer. Shou Sugi Ban, alias yakisugi, is still applied in Japan and is also used in modern buildings designed by well-known architects such as Terunobu Fujimore.

Our founder architect, Pieter Weijnen, brought the beauty of this eye-catching black charred wood to Europe. We combine old-fashioned craftsmanship (and a passion for wood and fire) with modern technology. In our workshop in Leersum we char the wood in a controlled manner - piece by piece - in a self-developed oven which ensures an evenness and uniform technical specifications. Our Zwarthout Team is continuously involved in the development of new products, new ways of charring, new sustainable wood types and new finishes using organic resin and oil.

You will find our attention to detail, our passion for wood and sustainability in all our projects, each with their own unique look and feel. Want to know more about Zwarthout | Shou Sugi Ban? Feel free to contact us for more information.